Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Preliminary Round – Tipperary 3-20 LIT 0-5

Tipperary defeated LIT by 3-20 to 0-5 in the Waterford Crystal Cup Hurling Preliminary Round on Sunday January 12th at MacDonagh Park Nenagh. Tipperary led by 2-8 to 0-1 while Tipperary’s goals came courtesy of Shane Bourke, Seamus Callanan (penalty) and Lar Corbett.

Early days but Tipp ticking along nicely

Tipperary 3-20 Limerick IT 0-5

By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Eamon O’Shea’s Tipperary cruised to a 24-point victory against under-strength Limerick IT in yesterday’s Waterford Crystal Cup preliminary round at MacDonagh Park, Nenagh. The Premier County had far too much firepower for an LIT side with one eye on the forthcoming Fitzgibbon Cup campaign — and strewn of six inter-county stars, including 2013 hurler of the year, Tony Kelly. LIT’s Clare contingent returned from a holiday to Cancun yesterday morning and were ruled out of the visit to Nenagh as a result.

Despite playing against a strong wind in the first half, Tipp led by 2-8 to 0-1 at half-time against a depleted LIT side who battled gamely on a poor afternoon for hurling. Shane Bourke scored the opening goal in the sixth minute, finishing a flowing move that went through the hands of captain Brendan Maher, Conor Kenny and Seamus Callanan. And Callanan buried Tipp’s second goal from a 16th-minute penalty, after Denis Maher was fouled by a combination of Barry O’Connell and Brendan Egan. Tipp scored 1-3 of their first-half tally from play and while that percentage lifted after half-time, top scorer John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer finished with 10 of his 12 points from placed balls. 2010 hurler of the year Lar Corbett, linked with a buyout of GAA birthplace Hayes Hotel in Thurles, came off the bench to crash home Tipp’s third goal in the final minute.

O’Shea will now bring his team to Austin Stack Park in Tralee next Sunday, for a quarter-final showdown with a Kerry side managed by Tipperary native Eamon Kelly. “Not a great day for hurling. We had a good win but it’s very early in the year and we’re doing a lot of work at the moment,” O’Shea said. “The league is four or five weeks away. We’ll keep going like this for a while and see what happens over the next two or three weeks. We have a couple of games coming up so we’ll see how we go.”

On a difficult afternoon for LIT, Padraig Hickey finished as leading scorer for the students with 0-3, including two points from frees, with Sean O’Brien and sub Padraig Robinson also notching points from play. Once again, last year’s captain Shane McGrath excelled at right-half-back. Corner backs Cathal Barrett and Jack Peters were solid; the pair have broken through from the underage ranks to stake a claim for a place in O’Shea’s league panel. The Kilruane MacDonaghs man has some big decisions to make over the next few weeks before he finalises a squad of players for the league campaign. And O’Shea acknowledged: “The effort was good today. We had only 21 players today so I’m not sure how many players were injured and we have fellas playing for other colleges as well.”

Scorers for Tipperary: J O’Dwyer (0-12, 9fs, 1 65), S Bourke (1-1), S Callanan (1-0 pen), (L Corbett 1-0), D Collins, C Kenny, N McGrath (0-2 each), J Woodlock (0-1).

Scorers for Limerick IT: P Hickey (0-3, 2fs), S O’Brien, P Robinson (0-1 each).

TIPPERARY: D Gleeson; C Barrett, P Stapleton, J Peters; S McGrath, P Maher, B Maher; J Woodlock, R Maher; D Collins, S Callanan, C Kenny; S Bourke, D Maher, J O’Dwyer.

Subs: L Corbett for Bourke (ht), N McGrath for Callanan (ht), M Cahill for R Maher (67).

LIMERICK IT: A Murphy (Limerick); B Egan (Galway), C Nolan (Clare), C Ryan (Limerick); E Boyce (Clare), B O’Connell (Limerick), M Moroney (Clare); S O’Brien (Limerick), E O’Neill (Kildare); M Gennery (Tipperary), P Begley (Limerick), P Hickey (Clare); O Hickey (Clare), P Ivors (Tipperary), S McGrath (Clare).

Subs: B O’Reilly (Cork) for Moroney (29), D Gough (Clare) for Ryan (ht), P Robinson (Galway) for P Hickey (52), G Guilfoyle (Clare) for Gennery (52), J Lynch (Limerick) for O’Neill (60).

Referee: D Kirwan (Cork)

 

When – Sunday January 12th at 2:00pm

Where – MacDonagh Park Nenagh

Referee – Diarmuid Kirwan (Cork)

Extra time
– (2 periods x 10 minutes only) to be played if sides finish level at the end of 70 minutes

Note to Supporters – please note that due to the current weather conditions, parking on Sunday in the MacDonagh Park Nenagh grounds will be restricted to teams and officials only. As a result, supporters are asked to arrive early to avoid delays.

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at pro.munster@gaa.ie for more information

For the Record

Tipperary LIT
2013 Waterford Crystal Cup Performance Defeated Limerick and LIT before losing to Clare by 1-21 to 1-13 in the Final. Defeated Kerry before losing to Tipperary by 1-20 to 2-12 in the Semi-Final.
Number of Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling titles 3 0
Last Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Title 2012 N/A
Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Record since 2006 Played – 20
Won – 15
Lost – 5
Drawn – 0
Played – 11
Won – 3
Lost – 8
Drawn – 0

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling 2014

Preliminary Round (Extra Time)

Sunday January 12th

@ WIT GAA Grounds Carriganore Waterford v University of Limerick                      @ 2:00pm

@ Newcastlewest                            Limerick v IT Tralee                                                  @ 2:00pm

@ MacDonagh Park Nenagh        Tipperary v LIT                                                          @ 2:00pm

Quarter-Finals (Extra Time)

Sunday January 19th

@ Austin Stack Park Tralee           Kerry v Tipperary or LIT

@ WIT GAA Grounds Carriganore WIT v Waterford or UL

@ Clare venue                                 Clare v Limerick or IT Tralee

@ Mardyke                                        UCC v Mary I

Semi-Finals (Extra Time)

Sunday January 26th

Final (Extra Time)

Sunday February 2nd


Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling – Odds and Ends

35 goals were scored in the 2013 Waterford Crystal Cup competition over 11 matches (an average of 3.2 goals per match). This is the exact same number of goals scored in the 2012 competition while only 23 goals were scored in the 2011 competition over 10 matches (an average of 2.3 goals per match).

Since the Waterford Crystal Cup began in 2006, Clare (18 wins), Tipperary (15 wins) and Waterford (13 wins) have accounted for 46 of the 81 victories in the competition (57%).

Tipperary hold the record for the longest winning streak in the Waterford Crystal Cup since the competition began under that guise in 2006 when they won 10 consecutive matches between 2007 and 2009.

None of the five teams who take part in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship have a losing record in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006.

Since the Waterford Crystal Cup began in 2006, 66 games have been played with just 1 draw – the 2012 Limerick v Clare Quarter-Final after two periods of extra time.

The record of the Third Level Colleges in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006 is Won 21, Lost 45, a 32% success rate.

Waterford have lost their last 2 matches in the Waterford Crystal Cup having won 8 in a row from 2010 to 2012.

Limerick’s victory over Mary Immaculate College in the 2013 Preliminary round is their only win in the Waterford Crystal Cup dating back to 2006.

Clare are the only team who have won at least one game each year since the Waterford Crystal Cup competition began in 2006. Clare also have the best won / lost record in the competition, winning 18 and drawing 1 of their 25 matches played while winning 2 titles.

IT Tralee is the only team not to win a game in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006, losing their first match in the last 6 seasons.

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Roll Of Honour

Tipperary (3) – 2007, 2008, 2012

Waterford (2) – 2010, 2011

Clare (2) – 2009, 2013

Limerick (1) – 2006

Limerick Institute of Technology Panel

The Limerick Institute of Technology Hurling Panel for the Waterford Crystal Cup includes the following players –

Tony Kelly                   Ballyhea                                  Clare

Jamie Shanahan         Sixmilebridge                          Clare

Peter Duggan              Clooney Quin                          Clare

Paul Killeen                 Tynagh/Abbey Duniry             Galway

Aaron Murphy             Hospital                                   Limerick

Eibhear Quilligan         Feakle                                     Clare

Cathal Mc’Inerney      Cratloe                                    Clare

Sean O Brien              Patrickswell                             Limerick

Alan Dempsey                        Na Piarsaigh                           Limerick

Cian Nolan                  Smith O’Briens                        Clare

Padraig Hickey           Broadford                                Clare

Barry O’Connell          Kildimo                                    Limerick

Brendan Egan             Padraig Pearses                     Galway

Brian O’Reilly              Shanballymore                        Cork

David Gough               Smith O’Briens                        Clare

Pa Begley                   Mungret                                   Limerick

Shane McGrath          Feakle                                     Clare

Oisin Hickey               Meelick                                   Clare

Nollag Brophy             Piltown                                    Kilkenny

Pauric Robinson         Tynagh/Abbey Duniry             Galway

Gary Guilfoyle             Feakle                                     Clare

Paul O Flaherty           Abbeyknockmoy                    Galway

Paddy Dalton              Arravale Rovers                      Tipperary

Paul Rocket                Slieverue                                 Kilkenny

Eanna O’Neill              Coill Dubh                               Kildare

McGrath Cup Senior Football Semi Final – Cork 6-16 UL 0-7

Cork defeated UL by 6-16 to 0-7 in the McGrath Cup Football Semi-Final on Sunday January 12th at Mallow.

Cork hit UL for six to set up Kerry showdown

Report by Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

CORK 6-16 UL 0-7

The Cork footballers were far too strong for the University of Limerick on a sodden Mallow pitch yesterday, running out easy winners in a one-sided McGrath Cup semi-final, to set up a decider against Kerry. Cork got the proverbial dream start attacking the clubhouse end in front of 344 spectators, Colm O’Driscoll goaling from close range in the first minute. Two Donncha O’Connor frees and an Andrew O’Sullivan effort from play made it 1-3 to 0-0 on six minutes. The heavy pitch tested the players early on, with plenty of misjudged hops and pick-ups, and Cork’s greater determination restricted UL, limiting the students’ ability to find dangerman James O’Donoghue of Kerry up front.

It took UL 14 minutes to register a shot, which went wide. Cork went downfield from the kick-out and Donncha O’Connor and Tomas Clancy combined to place Micheal Ó Laoghaire for another goal: 2-5 to no 0-0. UL responded: John O’Rourke hit a point and then O’Donoghue showed his class with a fine shot which rattled the post. The same player added a free soon afterwards and then chipped in with a good point from play: 2-5 to 0-3 on 18 minutes. The game fell in intensity then, though UL managed four wides on the bounce before Cork had points from Kevin O’Driscoll and Andrew O’Sullivan. The students managed late points from Paul White and Brian O’Shea but there was still time for Cork to string a last move together, Paul Kerrigan flicking the ball to the net from the edge of the square: 3-8 to 0-5 at the break.

O’Donoghue pointed a free on the resumption but Cork’s response was instantaneous and emphatic. Mark Sugrue found Donncha O’Connor, who freed Daniel Goulding to slam home Cork’s fourth goal. With the intercounty side 14 points to the good, 4-9 to 0-7, the second-half petered out rather than progressed. Cork added a Barry O’Driscoll goal and another green flag from Goulding, finishing the day 27 points ahead of their opponents. It was even more of a rout than last week’s hammering of Limerick Institute of Technology, but Cork manager Brian Cuthbert sifted some positives out of the game.

“Conditions were a lot more difficult this week,” said Cuthbert. “But to score what we did was pleasing. One or two of our goals were a bit fortuitous. When a college team plays an intercounty team and goes 2-5 to 0-0 down early on they’ll find it very hard to pull it back and that puts a different gloss on the game. Getting a goal from our first attack and tacking on few points, that put the game to a bed. There were a lot of things we’d like to work on, some of them we did, some of them we didn’t. But I can’t question the endeavour, or the attitude from the players. “I think there were 10 minutes in the first-half where they hit five points in a row that we’d be very disappointed with, but in the second-half we completely controlled the game.”

Next week Cork take on Kerry in the competition decider. Cuthbert said Cork had achieved their aim of three outings in the McGrath Cup, which isn’t the same as saying next weekend doesn’t matter to either team . “The aim was to get three games in this, and that’ll be three games,” said Cuthbert. “We’d like to win Sunday but if we don’t it won’t be the end of the world. I read somewhere that Kerry haven’t lost a McGrath Cup game in seven years, and I presume they’ll go all-out to make that eight years. We’ll be at home, whether here (in Mallow) or elsewhere and we’ll want to win, too. “After that we have a two-week lead-in to the national league, and the game against Westmeath. We’ll have all our student players back for that two weeks and once the league starts, the whole thing takes off.”

Scorers for Cork: D. Goulding 2-4 (three frees); P. Kerrigan 1-2; M. O Laoghaire 1-1; C. O’Driscoll, B. O’Driscoll 1-0 each; D. O’Connor 0-3 (two frees); A. O’Sullivan, F. Goold 0-2 each; M. Collins, K. O’Driscoll 0-1 each.

Scorers for UL: J. O’Donoghue 0-4 (three frees); B. O’Shea, P. White and J. O’Rourke 0-1 each.

CORK: K. O’Halloran, J. McLoughlin, N. Galvin, T. Clancy, K. O’Driscoll, F. Goold, J. Loughrey, M. O Laoghaire, A. O’Sullivan, P. Kerrigan, M. Sugrue, C. O’Driscoll, D. Goulding, D. O’Connor, J. Hayes.

Subs: B. O’Driscoll and M. Collins for D. O’Connor and J. Hayes, both 42; K. Crowley for McLoughlin, 47; C. Lyons for Sugrue, 55; S. Murphy for C. O’Driscoll, 60; C. O’Connor for Kerrigan, 66.

UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK: R. Byrne (Mayo), E. Kiley, (Kerry), M. Tierney (Kerry), C. Lowry (Offaly), D. Dolan (Mayo), T. Clancy (Cork), L. Mulligan (Kerry), P. McHugh (Leitrim), E. Hogan (Galway), P. White (Waterford), D. Daly (Kerry), J. Spillane (Kerry), B.O’Shea (Kerry), J. O’Donoghue (Kerry), J. O’Rourke (Cork).

Subs: J. O’Meara (Limerick) for Mulligan (black card), 5; M. Galvin (Kerry) for Tierney, 15; C. O’Brien (Clare) for Lowry, 41; TJ Ryan (Tipperary) for O’Shea, 55; A. Barry (Kerry) for Spillane, 60; B. Sheehan (Cork) for Dolan, 65.

Referee: R. Hickey (Clare)

 

McGrath Cup Semi-Final

Cork 6-16 UL 0-7

Report from the Cork GAA web site

It was again all to easy for Cork as they coasted to victory over University of Limerick in the McGrath Cup Semi-Final in Mallow on January 12th. Colm O’Driscoll’s first-minute goal set the tone for the game, which Cork dominated from start to finish. After fifteen minutes, the Rebels led by 2-5 to 0-1, the second goal coming from the boot of Micheál Ó Laoire. Just before half time, Cork raised a third green flag, the goal eventually credited to Paul Kerrigan, with Donncha O’Connor also getting a touch, and with the scoreline at 3-8 to 0-5, the game was effectively over as a contest.

It was more of the same after the break, Daniel Goulding quickly getting on the list of goal-scorers and Cork powering on into a 4-10 to 0-7 lead after forty-seven minutes. UL did not score for the remainder of the game, while goals for Barry O’Driscoll and another for Goulding sealed the victory for Cork, who will now meet Kerry in the McGrath Cup Final next Sunday after the latter defeated CIT in their semi-final. The venue for the game will be confirmed on Monday.

Cork: Ken O’Halloran, John McLoughlin, Tomás Clancy, Noel Galvin, James Loughrey, Fintan Goold (0-2), Kevin O’Driscoll (0-1), Michael Ó Laoire (1-1), Andrew O’Sullivan (0-2), Paul Kerrigan (1-2), Mark Sugrue, Colm O’Driscoll (1-0), Daniel Goulding (2-5, 0-4f), Donncha O’Connor (0-2, 0-1f), John Hayes.

Subs used: Mark Collins (0-1) for O’Connor, Barry O’Driscoll (1-0) for John Hayes (both 41′), Kevin Crowley for McLoughlin (47′), Colin Lyons for Sugrue (54′), Sean Murphy for C. O’Driscoll (62′), Killian O’Connor for Kerrigan (66′)

When – Sunday January 12th at 2:00pm

Where – Mallow

Referee – Rory Hickey (Clare)

Extra time
– (2 periods x 10 minutes only) to be played if sides finish level at the end of 70 minutes

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at pro.munster@gaa.ie for more information

Team News

The Cork team for Sunday’s McGrath Cup Semi-Final v UL at 2pm in Mallow will line out as follows:

1. Ken O’Halloran Bishopstown

2. John McLoughlin Kanturk

3. Tomás Clancy Fermoy

4. Noel Galvin Ballincollig

5. James Loughrey Mallow

6. Fintan Goold Macroom

7. Kevin O’Driscoll Tadhg MacCárthaigh

8. Micheál Ó Laoire Naomh Abán

9. Andrew O’Sullivan Castletownbere

10. Paul Kerrigan Nemo Rangers

11. Mark Sugrue Bandon

12. Colm O’Driscoll Tadhg MacCárthaigh

13. Daniel Goulding Éire Óg

14. Donncha O’Connor Ballydesmond

15. John Hayes Carbery Rangers

Subs:

16. Ryan Price O’Donovan Rossa

17. Colin Lyons St. Finbarr’s

18. Sean Murphy Ballydesmond

19. Barry O’Driscoll Nemo Rangers

20. Kevin Crowley Millstreet

21. Killian O’Connor Mallow

Brian Cuthbert has made four changes to the team that defeated LIT last Sunday. Ken O’Halloran starts in goal, while Tomás Clancy comes in for Eoin Cadogan, who is on study leave. Aidan Walsh is on holidays, and Micheál Ó Laoire starts at midfield, along with Andrew O’Sullivan, while Paul Kerrigan comes into the side at wing forward. Alan Sheehan has not fully recovered from a dead leg sustained in last Sunday’s game, and Fintan Goold moves into the centre back position.

For the Record

Cork UL
2013 McGrath Cup Performance Defeated CIT before losing to Tipperary in the Quarter-Final by 2-9 to 1-9. Lost to Waterford in the Quarter-Final by 0-16 to 0-12.
Number of McGrath Cup Senior Football titles 6 0
Last McGrath Cup Senior Football Title 2012 N/A
McGrath Cup Senior Football Record since 2000 Played – 21
Won – 18
Lost – 3
Drawn – 0
Played – 14
Won – 6
Lost – 8
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the McGrath Cup McGrath Cup Semi-Final – January 22nd 2007
Cork 3-22 UL 0-4 at Pairc Ui Rinn

Fixtures and Results

Quarter-Finals

Sunday January 5th

@ John Mitchels Tralee                  Kerry 0-17 IT Tralee 0-8

@ CIT GAA Grounds                       CIT 5-17 Mary I 2-6

@ Mallow                                          Cork 3-22 LIT 0-7

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick           UL 5-18 UCC 4-16


Semi-Finals
(Extra time)

Sunday January 12th

@ John Mitchels Tralee                  Kerry v CIT                                                                @ 2:00pm

@ Mallow                                          Cork v UL                                                                  @ 2:00pm

Final (Extra time)

Sunday January 19th

 

McGrath Cup Senior Football – Odds and Ends

Since 2000, Kerry’s McGrath Cup success rate is 89% (best of any county) winning 16 of their 18 matches (an 88% success rate). In the same period, Cork have won 86% of their matches in the competition with 18 wins out of 21.

There was an average of 2.5 goals per match in the 2013 McGrath Cup Competition (25 goals scored in total). This compares with an average of 2.4 goals per game in 2012 and 1.4 goals per game in 2011.

The record of the Third Level Colleges in the McGrath Cup since entering in 2005 is Won 23, Lost 53 (30% success rate). None of the third level colleges have a winning record in the competition during that period. CIT have the best record, winning 7 of their 16 matches (44% success rate). UL have won 6 of their 14 matches (43% success rate) followed by UCC who have won 7 of their 17 matches (41% success rate. Meanwhile IT Tralee, LIT, WIT and Mary I Limerick have won 3 out of 29 matches between them.

Kerry have not lost a match in the McGrath Cup since the 2006 final where the Kingdom lost to Cork by 1-9 to 0-6 at Pairc Ui Rinn.

McGrath Cup Senior Football Roll Of Honour

Clare (12) – 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2008

Cork (6) – 1998, 1999, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Limerick (5) – 1985, 1987, 2001, 2004, 2005

Kerry (4) – 1996, 2010, 2012

Tipperary (3) – 1989, 1993, 2003

Waterford (1) – 1981

London (1) – 1988

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete Roll of Honour since the competition began in 1981 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/mcgrath-cup-football/

McGrath Cup

Presented by Joe McGrath on June 21st, 1981 for the promotion of Senior Football in Munster

University of Limerick Panel

The University of Limerick Football Panel for the McGrath Cup includes the following players –

Rory Byrne                 Mayo

Eamon Kiely               Kerry

Martin Tierney             Kerry

Conor Lowrey             Offaly

David Dolan                Mayo

Dessie Moone             Monaghan

Darragh Corbett          Offaly

Conor McNamee        Offaly

Phelim McHugh          Leitrim

Eoin Carroll                 Offaly

Denis Daly                  Kerry

Shane O Callaghan    Kerry

TJ Ryan                      Tipperary

James O Donoghue   Kerry

John O Rourke           Cork

Michael Boyle                         Donegal

Ian Bourke                  Galway

Darragh McDonagh    Clare

Brendan Morrison       Mayo

Paul Whyte                 Waterford

Tom Clancy                Cork

James O’Meara          Limerick

Danny Neville             Limerick

Bryan O Shea             Kerry

Gavin Farrell               Kildare

Peter Witherow           Donegal

McGrath Cup Senior Football Semi Final – Kerry 2-12 CIT 0-13

Kerry defeated CIT by 2-12 to 0-13 in the McGrath Cup Football Semi-Final on Sunday January 12th at John Mitchels Tralee.

Fitz: Kerry going in right direction

Kerry 2-12 Cork IT 0-13

By JP McCarthy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s McGrath Cup experiment produced a “Jekyll and Hyde” display in Tralee yesterday. His side only hit five points from play over the hour but he knows they will have to improve ahead of next Sunday’s final against Cork. “Look, it was very much a Jekyll and Hyde performance. There was some good passages of play, but overall very mixed. The attitude was better than last weekend. We were trying to do the right things, it wasn’t coming off at times but we are going in the right direction.” Paul Galvin entered the fray at centre-back in the 58th minute, Fitzmaurice admitted he is contemplating an extended run for his fellow Finuge man in the position. “It is something we are considering, but we are considering a lot of things. Mikey Geaney started at wing-back and then came back in at his more normal position of wing-forward, while Jonathan Lyne is a more natural wing-back playing wing-forward.”

Next up: Cork. Fitzmaurice is wary of the Rebels, as he notes a mirror image of Kerry’s situation last year. “They are under new management, like us last year, and will be up for the McGrath Cup, like we were last year. There are players there who were on the panel when Conor Counihan was manager and they are only bursting for road, mad for action. They have a lot of fellas in the 22-25 [age] bracket who haven’t got a chance to impress and they’ll get that chance next weekend.”

A stop-start Kerry display saw the hosts lead by 1-7 to 0-6 at the break, only Bryan Sheehan, Donnchadh Walsh and Alan Fitzgerald managing to notch points from play. Sheehan ended the game with 0-9, seven from placed balls. Stephen O’Brien struck the game’s first goal in the sixth minute after good interplay between Walsh and Fitzgerald sliced open CIT. The goal put Kerry into a lead that they would not relinquish.

CIT performed well in the first half. Pa Kilkenny shadowed Barry John Keane well in the corner; Brendan O’Sullivan was prominent at midfield, while Donal Óg Hodnett and, especially, Cathal Vaughan (who kicked 0-8, two from play) impressed in the forward line. The Kingdom slowly imposed themselves and by the 17th minute opened up a 1-4 to 0-3 lead with three Sheehan scores (one from play). Sixty seconds later Donnchadh Walsh missed a great goal chance, the Kerry captain slipping at the crucial moment. Three points from Vaughan (one from play) kept CIT in touch but they will rue a missed goal chance in the 30th minute when Kerry goalkeeper first denied Darragh Treacy before Mark Griffin blocked Hodnett’s effort from the rebound.

In the second 35 minutes Sheehan continued to be Kerry’s main source of scoring power, he accounted for 0-4 of Kerry’s second half tally of 1-5. Two early second-half frees from him countered efforts from Treacy and Vaughan for CIT. Kerry — almost sensing an unnecessary dog-fight — then struck for the game’s all-important second goal in the 49th minute. A quick free found Barry John Keane alone in the square and he duly blasted to the net. The game petered out in the final quarter with a raft of substitutions and a litany of frees breaking up the flow of the game.

Nine minutes from time Kerry’s Stephen O’Brien rounded the CIT goalkeeper Andrew O’Donoghue only to see his low shot from a narrow angle rebound off the butt of the post to safety. Barry John Keane hit another point, again after being found in space with a quick free, to put Kerry 2-12 to 0-10 ahead. The game was over as a contest at this stage but CIT battled on and late points from James Walsh, Vaughan and wing-back Rory O’Sullivan eroded the Kingdom’s winning margin to five.

Scorers for Kerry: B Sheehan 0-9 (7f), BJ Keane 1-1, S O’Brien 1-0, A Fitzgerald, D Walsh 0-1.

Scorers for Cork IT: C Vaughan 0-8 (0-6f), J Walsh 0-2, S McCarthy, D Treacy, R O’Sullivan 0-1.

KERRY: B Kealy; P Murphy, M Griffin, S Enright; M Geaney, J Sherwood, B Maguire; A Maher, D Moran; J Lyne, B Sheehan, D Walsh; BJ Keane, A Fitzgerald, S O’Brien.

Subs: P Crowley for Geaney (ht), S O’Callaghan for Fitzgerald (injured, 43), M Reen for Walsh (54), P Galvin for McGuire, B Shanahan for Maher (58), M Geaney for Lyne (65).

CORK IT: A O’Donoghue; P Kilkenny, E Byrne, TJ Brosnan; R O’Sullivan, P Daly, J Collins; B O’Sullivan, K O’Connor; S Finn, S McCarthy, D Treacy; C Vaughan, D Óg Hodnett, J Walsh.

Subs: T Hegarty for O’Connor (ht), J Corkery for Finn (38), S Cahill for Collins (54), G Fannin for Brosnan (62), C O’Sullivan for B O’Sullivan (65), L Prendergast for Daly (68).

Referee: R Moloney (Limerick)

 

Munster GAA McGrath Cup Semi Final

Kerry 2-12 CIT 0-13

Report from the Kerry GAA web site

Kerry eased their way into the McGrath Cup final against Cork on Sunday next at a Cork venue when disposing of a very plucky CIT side at the John Mitchels GAA Complex in Tralee on Sunday evening. Kerry manager, Eamonn Fitzmaurice, described it as a Jekyl and Hyde performance and that probably summed it up best on an afternoon when Kerry mixed some fine football and movement with some ordinary enough passages of play.

The visitors got the better start with two early points from Knocknagoshel’s James Walsh and the impressive Cathal Vaughan but then Kerry struck for a goal when Barry John Keane set up Stephen O’Brien with a delightful pass in the 5th minute. Three points from Bryan Sheehan to one in reply from Vaughan saw Kerry lead by 1-3 to 0-3 at the end of the first quarter.

Sheehan and Vaughan continued to trade points and Donnchadh Walsh and Alan Fitzgerald chipped in with two more to leave Kerry leading by 1-6 to 0-7 at the break but Brendan Kealy was called on to make two point-blank saves in the 29th minute as CIT looked certain to hit the net. Sheehan added two more points to one each from Darragh Treacy and Vaughan again before Kerry got in for their second goal when Barry John Keane finished to the net after a goal mouth scramble following a quick free by Sheehan.

Shane McCarthy and Vaughan pointed for CIT and Sheehan added one from a free and from play before Barry John Keane closed the Kerry scoring with a point in the 23rd minute to leave the score 2-12 to 0-10 in Kerry’s favor. Paul Galvin came in and was on the ball a number of times but to be fair to CIT they kept the pressure on in preparation for their Sigerson Cup meeting with Carlow IT in the coming weeks and they finished with three good points from James Walsh, Cathal Vaughan and Rory O’Sullivan.

Scorers:

Kerry: Bryan Sheehan 0-9 (7 fr), Barry John Keane 1-1, Stephen O’Brien 1-0, Alan Fitzgerald and Donnchadh Walsh 0-1 each.

CIT: Cathal Vaughan 0-8 (0-6 fr), James Walsh 0-2, Shane McCarthy, Darragh Treacy and Rory O’Sullivan 0-1 each.

When – Sunday January 12th at 2:00pm

Where – John Mitchels Tralee

Referee – Richard Moloney (Limerick)

Extra time
– (2 periods x 10 minutes only) to be played if sides finish level at the end of 70 minutes

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at pro.munster@gaa.ie for more information

Team News

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play CIT in the Munster GAA McGrath Cup Semi Final on Sunday in John Mitchels GAA Complex in Tralee at 2pm shows just two changes from the side that defeated IT Tralee on Sunday last. Brendan Kealy resumes in goal and Barry John Keane, who impressed when introduced on Sunday last, is named at right corner forward. Both Peter Crowley and Paul Galvin have been added to the substitutes list. The team is as follows:

1. Brendan Kealy (Kilcummin)

2. Paul Murphy (Rathmore)

3. Mark Griffin (St Michaels/Foilmore)

4. Shane Enright (Tarbert)

5. Mikey Geaney (Dingle)

6. Jack Sherwood (Firies)

7. Brian Maguire (Listowel Emmets)

8. Anthony Maher (Duagh)

9. David Moran (Kerins O’Rahillys)

10. Jonathan Lyne (Killarney Legion)

11. Bryan Sheehan (St Marys)

12. Donnchadh Walsh (Cromane) (Capt.)

13. Barry John Keane (Kerins O’Rahillys)

14. Alan Fitzgerald (Castlegregory)

15. Stephen O’Brien (Kenmare)

Subs:

16. Brian Kelly (Killarney Legion)

17. Shane O’Callaghan (Austin Stacks)

18. Barry Shanahan (Austin Stacks)

19. Peter Crowley (Laune Rangers)

20. Paul Galvin (Finuge)

21. Mark Reen (Rathmore)

•In the absence of Dr Crokes players, Donnchadh Walsh has been named captain for the duration of the McGrath Cup campaign.

• Paul Murphy was a Kerry Under 21 player in 2012 and Shane O’Callaghan was on 2013 U21 team.

• Alan Fitzgerald has represented Kerry at Junior and Under 21 level (2011) and has an All Ireland Junior Club medal won with Castlegregory (2010)

For the Record

Kerry CIT
2013 McGrath Cup Performance Defeated IT Tralee, UCC, Limerick and Tipperary to win the competition. Lost to Cork by 1-15 to 0-10 in the Preliminary Round.
Number of McGrath Cup Senior Football titles 4 0
Last McGrath Cup Senior Football Title 2013 N/A
McGrath Cup Senior Football Record since 2000 Played – 18
Won – 16
Lost – 2
Drawn – 0
Played – 16
Won – 7
Lost – 9
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the McGrath Cup No previous meeting

Fixtures and Results

Quarter-Finals

Sunday January 5th

@ John Mitchels Tralee                  Kerry 0-17 IT Tralee 0-8

@ CIT GAA Grounds                       CIT 5-17 Mary I 2-6

@ Mallow                                          Cork 3-22 LIT 0-7

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick           UL 5-18 UCC 4-16


Semi-Finals
(Extra time)

Sunday January 12th

@ John Mitchels Tralee                  Kerry v CIT                                                                @ 2:00pm

@ Mallow                                          Cork v UL                                                                  @ 2:00pm

Final (Extra time)

Sunday January 19th

 

McGrath Cup Senior Football – Odds and Ends

Since 2000, Kerry’s McGrath Cup success rate is 89% (best of any county) winning 16 of their 18 matches (an 88% success rate). In the same period, Cork have won 86% of their matches in the competition with 18 wins out of 21.

There was an average of 2.5 goals per match in the 2013 McGrath Cup Competition (25 goals scored in total). This compares with an average of 2.4 goals per game in 2012 and 1.4 goals per game in 2011.

The record of the Third Level Colleges in the McGrath Cup since entering in 2005 is Won 23, Lost 53 (30% success rate). None of the third level colleges have a winning record in the competition during that period. CIT have the best record, winning 7 of their 16 matches (44% success rate). UL have won 6 of their 14 matches (43% success rate) followed by UCC who have won 7 of their 17 matches (41% success rate. Meanwhile IT Tralee, LIT, WIT and Mary I Limerick have won 3 out of 29 matches between them.

Kerry have not lost a match in the McGrath Cup since the 2006 final where the Kingdom lost to Cork by 1-9 to 0-6 at Pairc Ui Rinn.

McGrath Cup Senior Football Roll Of Honour

Clare (12) – 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2008

Cork (6) – 1998, 1999, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Limerick (5) – 1985, 1987, 2001, 2004, 2005

Kerry (4) – 1996, 2010, 2012

Tipperary (3) – 1989, 1993, 2003

Waterford (1) – 1981

London (1) – 1988

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete Roll of Honour since the competition began in 1981 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/mcgrath-cup-football/

 

McGrath Cup

Presented by Joe McGrath on June 21st, 1981 for the promotion of Senior Football in Munster

Cork Institute of Technology Panel

The Cork Institute of Technology Football Panel for the McGrath Cup includes the following players –

Andrew O’Donoghue            Aghada                        Cork

Brendan O Sullivan              Valentia                       Kerry

Brian O Regan                      Nemo Rangers           Cork

Cathal Vaughan                    Uibh Laoire                  Cork

Chris Davies                         Legion                         Kerry

Conor Flanagan                    Clyda Rovers              Cork

Conor O Sullivan                  Youghal                       Cork

Daniel Daly                           St Mary’s                     Kerry

David Hanrahan                   Douglas                       Cork

Donal Og Hodnett                 O Donovan Rossa      Cork

Eoin Byrne                            Bishopstown                Cork

James Walsh                        Knocknagoshel           Kerry

Jason Collins             St Marys                     Cork

Jeremiah O Connor              Boherbue                    Cork

John Corkery                        Aghabollogue              Cork

John O Donoghue                Ballingeary                  Cork

Kevin Dwyer                         Waterville                    Kerry

Pa Kilkenny                          Glencar                       Kerry

Peter Daly                             St Marys                     Cork

Rory O Sullivan                    Timoleague                 Cork

Sean Finn                             Glanworth                   Cork

Shane McCarthy                  Douglas                       Cork

Thomas Hegarty                   O Donovan Rossa      Cork

TJ Brosnan                           Newmarket                 Cork

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Preliminary Round – UL 1-11 Waterford 0-10

UL defeated Waterford by 1-11 to 0-10 in the Waterford Crystal Cup Hurling Preliminary Round on Sunday January 12th at Carriganore.

Glynn UL ace as Déise fail to fire

UL 1-11 Waterford 0-10

By Tomás McCarthy

On a squally afternoon of furious wind and drenching showers, UL won an instantly forgettable squabble to spoil Derek McGrath’s first day at the helm of the Déise hurlers. Brian Lohan’s pupils managed to limit the damage against the elements to two points and kicked on after Jonathon Glynn glanced to the net three minutes into the second-half. Seventeen wides reflected the struggles of the home side in front of the posts and their persistent issues in converting placed balls. By comparison, an economical UL only missed three and Tommy Heffernan was faultless on frees.

McGrath was frank in his post-match judgement. “We just didn’t turn up at all and we have a lot of work to do obviously.” He detected edginess in their play. “Lads were probably over trying things and trying to implement the short game and we made handling errors and things like that. I wouldn’t put it down to bad attitude; it was maybe more down to just over trying in actual fact and not relaxing in terms of the hurling.” Waterford called on nine forwards over the 70 but only Maurice Shanahan managed to score from play after a wait of 54 minutes. “There was no penetration and we didn’t really create any openings in terms of goal opportunities,” the new bainsteoir conceded. The home side were 0-6 to 0-4 ahead at half time after failing to capitalise on the weather forces in their favour. They accumulated nine wides. Shane O’Sullivan pinged over two corkers from 65 metres with Jamie Nagle and Kevin Moran also delivering from distance.

Maurice Shanahan added two frees in an attack that was outhustled for the most part. The UL puckout struggled to reach 30 metres, yet they sprayed the sliotar around smartly. Captain Padraic Walsh was omnipresent at wing back and Jonathon Glynn offered a nuisance factor at number 14. Their scores came through three frees from substitute Tommy Heffernan and one from Tom O’Brien who was forced off. That fragile two point advantage for the hosts evaporated on 38 minutes when Glynn tipped home Brian Stapleton’s dangerous delivery. Centre-forward Stapleton and Walsh ran the show as the students stretched five points in front (1-8 to 0-6) entering the last quarter. Philip Mahony and Michael Walsh did try to engineer a recovery plan from the half back line but Waterford only had four Maurice Shanahan points to show for their second-half efforts.

Victorious manager Brian Lohan was impressed by how they weathered the first-half storm while acknowledging that Waterford’s shooting woes boosted their hopes. “We have got smart guys and guys who are well able to hurl. In those sort of conditions, you want to keep the ball for as long as you can and we did that fairly well in the first-half. Waterford missed an awful lot of scores and an awful lot of frees and that helped us as well.” UL progress to meet WIT in the quarters at the same venue while McGrath is already planning to fill the month long gap to the league opener against Tipperary. “We are playing Offaly on Tuesday night in Tinryland and we have another game lined up for the weekend. Just plenty of games and plenty of gametime and that’s what we need. We have a huge amount of work to do but we are not too despondent. We will talk about it inside and get to the end of it.”

Scorers for UL: T Heffernan 0-5 (5fs); J Glynn 1-0; B Stapleton 0-2; M O’Neill, M Ryan, P Walsh, T O’Brien (f) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: M Shanahan 0-6 (5fs); S O’Sullivan 0-2; J Nagle, K Moran 0-1 each.

UL: S Hassett (Tipperary); M Carmody (Limerick), J Sheehan (Cork), J Browne (Clare); D Quinn (Tipperary), D Morrissey (Limerick), P Walsh (Kilkenny); B Maher (Tipperary), T Ryan (Limerick); C Malone (Clare), B Stapleton (Tipperary), T O’Brien (Limerick); J Forde (Tipperary), J Glynn (Galway), E Murphy (Waterford).

Subs: T Heffernan (Tipperary) for O’Brien (10); M Ryan (Limerick) for Murphy (42); M O’Neill (Clare) for Forde (46); P Ryan (Tipperary) for Quinn (55).

WATERFORD: S O’Keeffe; S Fives, B Coughlan, T Bourke; Philip Mahony, M Walsh, K Moran; S O’Sullivan, J Nagle; J Dillon, S Walsh, R Barry; R Donnelly, M Shanahan, J Barron.

Subs: S Molumphy for Barry (H-T); I O’Regan for O’Keeffe (H-T); Pauric Mahony for Donnelly (43); S Roche for Barron (47).

Referee: C McAllister (Cork)

 

When – Sunday January 12th at 2:00pm

Where – WIT GAA Grounds Carriganore

Referee – Cathal McAllister (Cork)

Extra time
– (2 periods x 10 minutes only) to be played if sides finish level at the end of 70 minutes

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at pro.munster@gaa.ie for more information

For the Record

Waterford UL
2013 Waterford Crystal Cup Performance Lost to UL by 1-20 to 0-18 in the Preliminary Round. Defeated Waterford before losing to Clare in the Quarter-Final by 3-13 to 1-13.
Number of Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling titles 2 0
Last Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Title 2011 N/A
Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Record since 2006 Played – 19
Won – 13
Lost – 6
Drawn – 0
Played – 16
Won – 8
Lost – 8
Drawn – 0

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling 2014

Preliminary Round (Extra Time)

Sunday January 12th

@ WIT GAA Grounds Carriganore Waterford v University of Limerick                      @ 2:00pm

@ Newcastlewest                            Limerick v IT Tralee                                                  @ 2:00pm

@ MacDonagh Park Nenagh        Tipperary v LIT                                                          @ 2:00pm

Quarter-Finals (Extra Time)

Sunday January 19th

@ Austin Stack Park Tralee           Kerry v Tipperary or LIT

@ WIT GAA Grounds Carriganore WIT v Waterford or UL

@ Clare venue                                 Clare v Limerick or IT Tralee

@ Mardyke                                        UCC v Mary I

 

Semi-Finals (Extra Time)

Sunday January 26th

Final (Extra Time)

Sunday February 2nd

 

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling – Odds and Ends

35 goals were scored in the 2013 Waterford Crystal Cup competition over 11 matches (an average of 3.2 goals per match). This is the exact same number of goals scored in the 2012 competition while only 23 goals were scored in the 2011 competition over 10 matches (an average of 2.3 goals per match).

Since the Waterford Crystal Cup began in 2006, Clare (18 wins), Tipperary (15 wins) and Waterford (13 wins) have accounted for 46 of the 81 victories in the competition (57%).

Tipperary hold the record for the longest winning streak in the Waterford Crystal Cup since the competition began under that guise in 2006 when they won 10 consecutive matches between 2007 and 2009.

None of the five teams who take part in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship have a losing record in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006.

Since the Waterford Crystal Cup began in 2006, 66 games have been played with just 1 draw – the 2012 Limerick v Clare Quarter-Final after two periods of extra time.

The record of the Third Level Colleges in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006 is Won 21, Lost 45, a 32% success rate.

Waterford have lost their last 2 matches in the Waterford Crystal Cup having won 8 in a row from 2010 to 2012.

Limerick’s victory over Mary Immaculate College in the 2013 Preliminary round is their only victory in the Waterford Crystal Cup dating back to 2006.

Clare are the only team who have won at least one game each year since the Waterford Crystal Cup competition began in 2006. Clare also have the best won / lost record in the competition, winning 18 and drawing 1 of their 25 matches played while winning 2 titles.

IT Tralee is the only team not to win a game in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006, losing their first match in the last 6 seasons.

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Roll Of Honour

Tipperary (3) – 2007, 2008, 2012

Waterford (2) – 2010, 2011

Clare (2) – 2009, 2013

Limerick (1) – 2006

University of Limerick Panel

The University of Limerick Hurling Panel for the Waterford Crystal Cup includes the following players –

Matthew Ryan            Tipperary

Mark Carmody           Limerick

Jason Forde                Tipperary

Brian Stapleton           Tipperary

Podge Collins              Clare

Conor Ryan                Clare

Stephen Daniels          Waterford

Jack Browne               Clare

Cathal Malone             Clare

Paul Flanagan             Clare

Tommy Heffernan      Tipperary

Pa Ryan                      Tipperary

Seadna Morey                        Clare

Dan Morrissey            Limerick

Mark Deegan              Limerick

Thomas Ryan             Limerick

Bill Maher                    Tipperary

Thomas O Brien         Limerick

Kevin O Brien             Limerick

John Fitzgibbon           Limerick

Padraic Walsh             Kilkenny

Johnathan Glynn        Galway